MP slates adult education cuts

MP Grahame Morris MP for Easington.
MP Grahame Morris MP for Easington.
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EASINGTON MP Graeme Morris has hit out at ministers after the Government announced significant cuts to adult further education.

The Government has announced a 24 per cent cut to adult further education from 2015/16 affecting all colleges.

This means there are one million fewer adults’ receiving skills and training compared to 2010, removing opportunities for adults to receive the qualifications they require to access local employment opportunities.

East Durham College Principal, Suzanne Duncan said: “The reduction in funding for adult skills will greatly hinder opportunities for adults to become qualified for a job and threaten their prospects if they need to retrain during their working life.”

Mr Morris has called for ministers to reconsider these damaging cuts, saying: “The Government is on course to end adult further education if it continues to implement funding cuts at the current rate.

“Kicking away the ladder of opportunity for people in East Durham to gain qualifications, skills and training will weaken our local economy. It is a short-sighted cut which will cause long- term and lasting damage to our communities.”

Mr Morris welcomed Labour’s commitment to protect funding for education for young people up to 18, but called for action to support adult education.

He said: “Labour has made an important pledge to protect education funding for young people up to 18 years, but we also need a commitment to life-long learning.

“Our economy has changed, few people remain in the same job throughout their working life and they must have the opportunity to retrain and obtain the skills they need to compete in a changing labour market.

“I will work with East Durham College and support their campaign against these damaging cuts.”